A jury in a federal court in Washington He issued a ruling after 2.5 hours of deliberation. Steve Bannon was found guilty of two counts: Refused to appear before a congressional committee and refused to submit documents. The law provides for prison terms of between one and 12 months per charge. The verdict will be announced on October 21.
Bannon was convicted for ignoring the official subpoena before Committee of Inquiry of the House of Representatives An investigation into the circumstances of the January 6 storming of the Capitol. Bannon – who had no official role in the White House during the riots – initially insisted that he could not testify because he was asked to do so by Trump.
He referred to the so-called Executive privilege, which is the legal custom that allows superiors to protect the content of internal conversations. However, most experts believe that it only applies to current presidents.
Just before the trial began, the former Trump aide said he was willing to testify after the former president allowed him to do so in a letter he sent him. Prosecutors said it was a hoax because Bannon had not yet sent any documents to the commission.
Bannon – who suggested even before the verdict that she would appeal it – He is considered one of the main figures who participated in the protests that led to the storming of the Capitol. The day before the riots, he announced during the podcast that On January 6 “hell will collapse” and they suggested that there should be a “revolution”.. On January 5, Bannon also met with Republican members of Congress at the Willard Hotel in Washington.
Steve Bannon is one of two former Trump advisers to hear allegations of refusal to testify. The second is Peter Navarrowho was responsible for trade policy in the White House.
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